MLB Trade Rumors: Ubaldo Jimenez and 5 Other Starters the New York Yankees Want

Jordan LewisContributor IIIJuly 20, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Ubaldo Jimenez and 5 Other Starters the New York Yankees Want

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    Ubaldo Jimenez turned the heads of baseball fans across the country in 2010 with a Cy Young calibre season. 

    Although this season the heads have been turning the other way for the most part, his production has increased greatly as he now posts an even 4.00 ERA, and has thrown 108 K's in 117 innings of work.

    Despite a bad start to 2011, the Yankees would love to acquire Jimenez to use in the third or fourth spot in the rotation, and, if he continues to pitch like he has of late, we could see him as high in the rotation as second.

    He will cost New York some of their coveted prospective talent, but their is no shortage of that in their farm system and knowing what Jimenez is capable of doing might be enough for the Yankees to dish out some big minor league names like Jesus Montero and/or Manny Banuelos

Ubaldo Jimenez

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    Ubaldo Jimenez turned the heads of baseball fans across the country in 2010 with a Cy Young calibre season. 

    Although this season the heads have been turning the other way for the most part, his production has increased greatly as he now posts an even 4.00 ERA, and has thrown 108 K's in 117 innings of work.

    Despite a bad start to 2011, the Yankees would love to acquire Jimenez to use in the third or fourth spot in the rotation, and, if he continues to pitch like he has of late, we could see him as high in the rotation as second.

    He will cost New York some of their coveted prospective talent, but their is no shortage of that in their farm system and knowing what Jimenez is capable of doing might be enough for the Yankees to dish out some big minor league names like Jesus Montero and/or Manny Banuelos

Jason Vargas

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    Tim Dierks of www.mlbtraderumors.com notes that the Yankees periodically check in with Seattle for ace Felix Hernandez, but to no one's surprise the M's aren't looking to move him any time soon.

    However, Seattle has made it clear according to the same source that they are willing to part with two of their young starters who have made some noise with the Mariners.

    The first, Jason Vargas, who posts a 3.68 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 127.1 innings, would fit perfectly in the fourth spot of the Yankees rotation, and is the workhorse New York is looking for; he's pitched into the sixth inning or deeper in eight straight outings.

    With all the talk of the Yankees' bullpen not performing in the middle and late innings, New York would love to have someone like Vargas leaving games with three or less innings to go.

Doug Fister

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    Doug Fister is the second of the two solid starters Seattle is willing to part with.

    Fister has had a ton of difficulty winning games this season, and has only racked up 3 wins in 19 starts. However, it doesn't seem to be his pitching that is the problem as through that time he can be satisfied with a very respectable 3.18 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 133 innings.

    With the Yankees' batters providing 5.1 runs of support per game, it shouldn't be difficult for Fister to start chalking a few more of his starts into the win column.

    Fister would be a great fit in the Yankees' rotation as an anchor and likely wouldn't cost New York as much as some of the other potential starters on the market.

Derek Lowe

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    Derek Lowe is the veteran pitcher with playoff and World Series experience who could anchor the Yankees' rotation and add a leadership dimension to the relatively young Yankees' rotation (excluding Garcia and Colon).

    At 38 years old Lowe has managed to pitch 119.1 innings, which translates to five to six innings per game; the 83 K's he's made through this time shows that he maintains an element of aggression and the ability to punch out a significant amount of batters.

    he also posts a modest 4.37 ERA and is a game under .500 with a 6-7 record.

    Atlanta has been rumoured by www.mlbtraderumors.com to be shopping Lowe in order to free up some salary space for a big-name hitter which means that the Yankees could get him relatively cheap, and at the price they would need to pay for him and the potential rewards that his presence in the rotation could bring to the team's success, don't be surprised to see New York place an offer to the Braves for the seasoned veteran.

Ricky Nolasco

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    At this point in time, we are still not 100% sure whether or not the Marlins will be buyers or sellers at the deadline.

    However, in the likely event that they are sellers, they could begin entertaining trade offers in which the 28 year old Nolasco would be moved. 

    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has noted that although the Texas Rangers have shown moderate interest in Nolasco since last year, New York could look to "reunite [Ricky Nolasco] with manager Joe Girardi".

    If this were to be the case, the Yankees would be in a great position. Not only would they be bringing in a solid middle of the rotation starter in Nolasco, but a starter with a history with their current manager, allowing for Nolasco to potentially have less difficulty easing into the Yankees' culture.

    Although he has thrown a 6-6 record in 2011, Nolasco has posted a 3.51 ERA, with 99 K's in 133.1 innings. What's more impressive is that he has a 0.56 ERA in his last four starts.

    Nolasco will be a tough starter to land for New York, as he poses as a building block along with Anibal Sanchez around Josh Johnson in Florida, but with the Marlins soon to be in a new Miami based stadium, and their typical tendencies of salary dumping, the Yankees have as good a chance as any other team of pulling off a trade for the righty as I haven't been reluctant to note the strength and depth of the Yankees' farm system.

Edwin Jackson

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    This journeyman seems to be the biggest trading piece that the Chicago White Sox will have at the trade deadline if the club figures to be sellers.

    With John Danks out of the lineup, it is likely that Jackson will be available by the deadline. This means that New York will likely have their eye on him. 

    Jackson currently has a 3.97 ERA with 94 K's in 115.2 innings and a record of 6-7. Although these stats are nothing to gawk at, Jackson has proven in the past that he has the ability to win ballgames with 14 wins in 2008.

    He would be a good middle of the rotation starter for New York, and at 27 years old, he has been in five cities with six different teams. Even amidst all of the moving around at such a young age, Jackson has not dropped off the radar and looks to be a quality starter for New York if they're given the opportunity to acquire him.